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Coat of arms of Altenahr
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Altenahr   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°31′03″N 06°59′19″E / 50.51750°N 6.98861°E / 50.51750; 6.98861Coordinates: 50°31′03″N 06°59′19″E / 50.51750°N 6.98861°E / 50.51750; 6.98861
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Ahrweiler
Municipal assoc. Altenahr
 • Mayor Albrecht Kreiten (CDU)
 • Total 14.84 km2 (5.73 sq mi)
Elevation 170 m (560 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,893
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 53502–53505
Dialling codes 02643
Vehicle registration AW

Altenahr is a municipality in the district of Ahrweiler, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is the administrative centre for the eponymous collective municipality, to which it belongs. Altenahr is a state-recognised tourist resort and is ranked as a Grundzentrum for state planning purposes.[2]

Altenahr, aerial photograph, 2015



Altenahr is situated on the river Ahr, on the northeastern edge of the Ahr Hills. part of the Eifel mountains, approximately 10 kilometres west of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler and about 35 kilometres southwest of Bonn.

Administrative organisation[edit]

The municipality of Altenahr comprises the following parishes: Altenahr, Altenburg, Kreuzberg and Reimerzhoven.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Altenahr borders on the following neighbouring municipalities, listed clockwise from the north: Kalenborn, Grafschaft, Mayschoß, Ahrbrück, Lind and Berg.


The annual precipitation is 668 mm which is in the middle third of readings collected for Germany as a whole. 34 % of weather stations of the German Meteorological Service record lower values. The driest month is February, the greatest amount of rain falls in July; 1.6 times that of February. However, in general the level of precipitation varies little and is evenly distributed over the year. Only 13 % of weather stations record lower seasonal variations.


Photograph of Altenahr in about 1900.

Altenahr was first mentioned in 893 in the Prüm Urbar.


On 7 June 1969 the hitherto independent municipality of Kreuzberg, with its 560 inhabitants, was incorporated into Altenahr.[3]

Population growth[edit]

The growth in Altenahr's population related to the present-day municipal area; the values from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:[2][4]

Year Population
1815 893
1835 1,066
1871 1,140
1905 1,305
1939 1,737
1950 1,915
Year Population
1961 2,032
1970 2,101
1987 1,758
1997 1,774
2005 1,668
2014 1,844